Having diabetes does not automatically exclude you from donating blood. The American Red Cross states that people with diabetes may donate blood if they meet the following guidelines:
- They have not had an initial dosage of insulin or change of insulin dose in at least two weeks.
- They have not received an injection of bovine (beef) insulin made from cattle from the United Kingdom since 1980.
- Oral medications for type 2 diabetes don't disqualify you from blood donation eligibility.
- It is suggested that people with diabetes wait 8 weeks (or 56 days) between whole blood donations.
- Other blood donation eligibility guidelines may apply, depending on your medical history.
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One of the online diabetes groups I belong to (but don't frequently post to) is geared towards "frum" (Orthodox or "observant") Jewish people with (mostly type 1) diabetes. Most of the chat on the mailing list centers around people needing last-minute supplies before Shabbat or a holiday, where to acquire supplies and get medical help when visiting Israel, and advice on which pump is best for one's type 1 child — in other words, the usual sort of diabetes chatter, but...